Wednesday I went to ADORE, which I’ve been attending for three years now! It’s a praise and worship event every first Wednesday of the month from September through December, with Eucharistic Adoration and a Bible reflection. This one reflected on Luke 2: 8-14, sharing the Good News of Advent when the angels appeared to shepherds just doing their job at night and announced to the ordinary workers God’s birth:
“Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock.
The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear.d
The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
e For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.
And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.”
And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying:*
“Glory to God in the highestf and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
The speaker Ennie described how angels appeared to shepherds whose job is basically to be one with sheep, not the cleanest or most esteemed of jobs, yet the angels appeared to those men who were dirty or filthy working the night shift. The angels didn’t appear to the politicians or socialites. No matter what, though, if we are a politician, socialite or shepherd and feel dirty or unworthy God was born and became man for us and calls us to Himself. HALLELUJAH!
If this wasn’t a great enough night, the next night (Thursday), some friends and I went to the movies to watch this movie called Mary of Nazareth, and I kid you not, it portrayed this Bible passage. It was like icing on the cake. The movie depicts Mary’s life from her as a toddler to Jesus’ crucifixition. It was epic and a blessing! Here is a trailer:
*A few favorite scenes: when St. Joseph passes away (I pray for my future St. Joseph!); when Jesus reads Isaiah 61 – the spirit of God is upon me; the Nativity; all the Luke scriptures quoted.*
May I carry Jesus in me, in my heart and in my womb this Advent. May I await His holy birth as His Holy Mother did.
Day 6 of Advent 2013.